September 19th, 1901
This is a mournful day, September
19, 1901. The sympathies and anguish of unnumbered millions of stricken
hearts throughout this land and the world, proclaim it to be a mournful
day. He, by whose sick bed for eight days the nation with breathless
anxiety has tenderly watched every fluctuation of the pulse, every
throb of the heart, is being borne to his last earthly resting place.
He for whom the nation has so ardently prayed, has gone forever
beyond the reach or need of our supplications. The assassin’s bullet
has done its work. The nation weeps and clothes itself with sackcloth
and ashes. What shall we say? What can we say while weeping in the
amazement and bewilderment of our grief, but that God hath done
it, and in the language of our stricken chief: “It is God’s way,
His will be done.” Yes, it is the Lord’s way. His hand arrested
not the arm of the assassin, no angel messenger was sent to avert
the fatal shot. Known to Omniscience was the plan of the murderous
assassin. Yet his providence, which could have easily prevented
the fatal result averted it not. “Is there evil in the city, and
the Lord hath not done it?” A holy and righteous God allowed it
for His own wise and holy ends. What remains for us, is to accept
it and humbly and prayerfully learn and improve the lessons the
sad event is calculated to teach.
The immediate designs of God in His
dealings with man are often out of sight. The wheels of His government
are high and dreadful. “His path is in the great waters and His
footsteps are not known.” Of this, however, we may be certain, that
He has some great and glorious purpose to answer by this event.
To feeble and short sighted man this calamity presents a cloud of
inpenetrable [sic] darkness. But as sure as God is upon the throne,
and controls the events of the universe, this cloud has a bright
side, and some day its brightness will appear.
For the future let us hope; yea, if
we improve the lesson we can hope.
May not the Lord in this calamity
be dealing with us because of our sins as a nation? “I tremble,”
said Thomas Jefferson, “for my country, remembering that God is
just, and that his justice will not sleep forever.” What are our
sins as a nation? is a timely and pertinent question. What evils
exist, which this nation could, and should have put down? To one
evil only do we at present call attention:
ANARCHY AND RUM.
The Chicago “Tribune” says: “The
nation’s two greatest foes are anarchy and rum. . . . Both sap the
foundations of good citizenship, and if allowed to work together
unchecked, will cause the downfall of the mightiest nation. . .
. Rum itself is the arch Anarchist. . . .”
At no time in the history of the nation
were these words more applicable than the present. Never have we
seen anarchy and rum ruling so universal as they are to-day, and
as a consequence, never, we believe, was there ever a time in the
history of the Republic when lawlessness was so rampant as it is
to-day. We are no alarmists or pessimists, but “eternal vigilance
is the price of liberty.” That there are foes from within, which
are assaulting the foundations of freedom, and striking at the vitals
of the great republic, only one who is socially, ethically, and
politically blind can fail to see. And the greatest of these foes
is the legalized rum traffic. It is a well known fact that this
traffic thrives by trampling under foot the laws of the land, and
this the police, the police commissioners, and other officers of
the cities and towns know, but do not interfere.
Consequently, the legalized rum traffic
is, and ever has been, a most seductive, powerful, effective agency
in schooling the people, and especially the young men of the country
into disregard for and violation of the laws of the land. Is it
strange then that lawlessness and the non-enforcement of law should
be greatly on the increase?
Such is the condition; such the dangerous
trend just now. What is to be done? Is the country to die of anarchy?
It will unless there be a general rapid return to and a conscientious
regard for and vigorous enforcement of law.
Never were the words of the immortal
Lincoln more pertinent than they are to-day, when speaking of the
sacredness of law. He said:
“There is even now something of ill
omen among us; I mean the disregard for law. Here then is one point
at which danger may be expected. The question seems, How shall we
fortify against it? The answer is simple. Let every American, every
lover of liberty, every well-wisher to his posterity, swear by the
blood of the Revolution never to violate in the least particular
the laws of his country, and never to tolerate their violation by
SCHOOL OF ANARCHISTS.
Much is being said to-day about deporting
all anarchists, and amending our Immigration laws so as to prevent
the landing of anarchists upon our shores. All this so far well,
but we must go further, we must by legislation close up the American
saloon which is the school of anarchism, the breeding place of anarchists,
where murderous deeds are hatched.
The essential spirit of anarchy is
disregard of law and of the rights of others, this is pre-eminently
the spirit of the saloon, which for the greed of gold destroys manhood
and womanhood, and wrecks the home, one of the bulwarks of the nation.
The red flag of anarchy and the black flag of the saloon mean much
the same: Violation of law and of human rights. That there is a
close relation between anarchism and the saloon will be admitted
if we consider a few facts. It is a significant fact that the anarchists
almost invariably hold their meetings and hatch their wretched plans
in saloons or in halls attached to saloons.
As it was in the American legalized
saloon that the Haymarket bomb throwers, of Chicago, concocted their
murderous plot, so in the American legalized saloon Booth, the assassin
of President Lincoln, and Guiteau, the assassin of President Garfield,
got their inspiration, and Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley,
was for three days prior to the awful deed harbored in an American
legalized saloon at Buffalo; hence, very naturally, the police in
every city in their search after anarchists first visit the saloon,
and while as the outcome of this dastardly deed there may be an
expulsion from the country of a few anarchistic agitators, this
will not meet the demands of the situation.
The American legalized saloon, the
breeding place of anarchists, must be suppressed.